from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any vehicle in general (the locomotive or other motor and its tender excepted) that runs on a railway, whether for the transportation of freight or of passengers.


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  • Mr. Dial, born in 1928 in rural Alabama, worked for most of his adult life as a welder for a railway-car manufacturer.

    Biography, History, Self-Evident Beauty

  • The stranger sees with surprise that double lines of rails are laid along the roadways; and while driving quietly in a carriage, he hears the sound of a warning bell, and presently a railway-car, holding thirty persons, and drawn by two or four horses, comes thundering down the street.

    The Englishwoman in America

  • The town railway-car may be called a long omnibus, low on the wheels, broad, airy, and clean inside, and, excessively convenient for getting in and out.

    Lands of the Slave and the Free Cuba, the United States, and Canada

  • The king's-arm and artillery of the last war cannot stand before the MiniĆ© rifle and Whitworth cannon any more than the sickle can keep pace with the McCormick reaper, or the slow coach with the railway-car or the telegraph.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 08, No. 46, August, 1861

  • We were on the observation platform together when the railway-car went over the bridge.

    Swirling Waters

  • A railway-car on a cattle-train does not require more cleaning, at the end of a long journey, than did a room in a palace after it had been occupied by Peter and his clever spouse.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 08, No. 45, July, 1861

  • But then, you see, the conductor in the railway-car in which I happened to be seated had a six-shooter.

    The Motor Pirate

  • Krylenko entered Moghilev next morning, to find a howling mob gathered about the railway-car in which Dukhonin had been imprisoned.

    Chapter 11. The Conquest of Power

  • Briefly described in outline, the train telegraph system consisted of an induction circuit obtained by laying strips of metal along the top or roof of a railway-car, and the installation of a special telegraph line running parallel with the track and strung on poles of only medium height.

    Edison, His Life and Inventions, vol. 2

  • We were most hospitably entertained at Batoum by the general in command and his staff, our railway-car being run away into a quiet siding.

    Experiences of a Dug-out, 1914-1918


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